Based on the autobiography by Rudi Van Dantzig, "For A Lost Soldier" takes place during the end of WW II in the Netherlands. It's the story of a young boy in Amsterdam whose parents send him to live in the country (Friesland) for his own safety. A family who had initially asked for a young girl ends up being young Jeroen's "adoptive" family. Jeroen is coming of age, being the tender age of 12, and is making discoveries on his own, especially his sexuality. He doesn't necessarily understand his feelings at first, until the arrival of the Canadian Liberators in 1945.
One particular soldier, Walt Cook, takes an interest in young Jeroen and a friendship blossoms between the two. Heit, Jeroen's adoptive father, sees that there is more to their friendship than meets the eye, and lets him know that he sees what's going on. This doesn't bother the other soldiers, however. In fact, as other soldiers are courting young girls in the village, so does Walt "court" young Jeroen. The two fall in love with each other, and a sexual relationship does indeed develop.
Perhaps it's Walt not wanting to face the hurt Jeroen will eventually face, but he fails to tell Jeroen that his platoon will be leaving. Jeroen is crushed when he realizes that Walt is gone the next day, and tries in vain as he searches the village for him.
1944 год, Голландия. 12-летний Йерун, как и многие другие дети, отправлен подальше из Амстердама, где голодно и опасно. Мальчику повезло: он попадает в семью рыбака где его приняли как родного. После немецкой оккупации приходят канадские солдаты - освободители. Один из них задерживается, между ним и мальчиком возникает взаимное притяжение, перерастающее в нечто большее...
|Dla zapomnianego zolnierza||Poland|
|Egy Elveszett katonáért||Hungary|
|For a Lost Soldier (World-wide)|
|Para um Soldado Perdido||Brazil|
|Pour un soldat perdu||France|
|Der Verlorene Soldat||Germany|
|Za izgubljenog vojnika||Serbia|
|В честь пропавшего солдата||Russia|
|Maarten Smit||Jeroen Boman - jong|
|Gineke de Jager||Elly|
|Tatum Dagelet ||Gertie|
15 Nov 2009
A moving and well made drama with an excellent cast.
4 May 2008
A controversial movie, "For a Lost Soldier" tells of Jeroen's first love at age 12. It is told in flashbacks to WWII, where we meet Jeroen's family. As they try to get on with day to day living during war time, Jeroen falls for a captain in the army. The story is told in a very mature matter, and the sexual scene is actually off screen. The controversy is the relationship between the boy and the man. One of the problems of the movie is we really don't find out what is going through an adult man's mind about having a relationship with a 12 year old boy. He is in his late twenties and has a promising career in the military, but if the affair is discovered, would lose all and possibly serve a long prison sentence.
Maarten gives an excellent and brave performance here. The other actors are also very good. I would have given it a higher mark if it dealt more with the adult's thinking, but it is about a man's memories as a boy.
Recommended, but the sexual themes may be to much for some viewers.... more